REVIEW by Amy McCauley

NWR Issue 107

Little Man

by Richard James Jones

Richard James Jones is capable of saying many different things in many different ways: the how is as various as the what in the world of his Little Man. As a consequence, the book contains many forms, many different types of moment and many speaking voices, drawing on a variety of different tones and registers. For Jones is that rare thing: a poet of variousness and experiment who carries both versatility and weight in his different forms of speech.

The variousness of the poems here, however, is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, their diversity prevents the collection from lapsing into uniformity, smugness or predictability. On the other, some running thread – whether vocal or thematic – might have offered a useful structuring device for such a short collection. And at just thirty-three pages the collection is conspicuously short...

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